Saintayme in St. Emilion is the property of Denis Durantou, best known for his famous Pomerol estate, Chateau L’Eglise Clinet. Durantou has expanded his holdings in the Right Bank over the past years to include not only Saintayme, but two estates in Lalande de Pomerol, Chateau Cruzelles and Chateau La Chenade, as well as Montlandrie in the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. The vineyard of Saintayme is located in the increasingly popular commune of Saint Etienne de Lisse, the cooler soils of which are also home to Valandraud and Chateau Fleur Cardinale. The vines are in one single plot of limestone, clay and gravel that is planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The average vine density is 6,000 vines per hectare, and the vines themselves are close to 35 years of age.
What The Critics Say
92-93/100 James Suckling
“This is very perfumed with a firm and solid, stony tannin structure. Lovely, linear line through this. Full and tight at the same time.”
89-91/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
“Denis Durantou's 2018 Saintayme is especially fine in 2018. Bright, floral and energetic, Saintayme really shines. In fact, I can't remember a recent vintage with this much finesse. The tannins need time to soften, but there is plenty of radiant fruit waiting to emerge. I won't be surprised if the finished wine is even better than this note suggests. Tasted two times.”
90-92/100 Jeb Dunnuck
"From the team of Denis Durantou, the 2018 Saintayme (100% Merlot brought up in 30% new oak) is a total charmer that savvy readers should snatch up. Offering full-bodied notes of black raspberries, kirsch, and spice box, it has silky tannins, a terrific sense of elegance and purity, and outstanding length. Drink it on release and over the following decade."
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